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    KAWS, 'ON TIME', Lot 41

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale, 13 February

  • Provenance

    Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Focus: KAWS, 11 December - 19 February 2012

  • Literature

    Kent Boyer, 'Review of KAWS at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth', Dallas Art News, 19 January 2012, online

  • Catalogue Essay

    With its distinct graphic look, ON TIME, 2011, forms part of KAWS’ body of black paintings. Though still intent on the representation of cartoon imagery and mass-culture symbols, this body of work is more enigmatic than the artist’s more tonally ebullient canvases. Indeed, ON TIME asks the viewer to squint their eyes to decipher the image beneath, leaving at the surface a harmonious composition of subtle gradations. Producing such an effect necessitates an extremely tight and well-executed technique, which KAWS has achieved by employing matte, glossy blacks and a range of greys. The tone-on-tone quality is playful in a way that slightly differs from the artist’s explosively colourful compositions; here, the forms are rendered alive through the viewer’s sustained inspection, making the work ingeniously participative.

  • Artist Biography


    American • 1974

    KAWS (b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is renowned for his prolific body of work that straddles the worlds of art and design to include paintings, murals, graphic and product design, street art, and large-scale sculptures. Over the last two decades KAWS has built a successful career with work that consistently shows his formal agility as an artist, as well as his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times. His refined graphic language revitalizes figuration with both big, bold gestures and playful intricacies.  

    KAWS often appropriates and draws inspiration from pop culture animations, forming a unique artistic vocabulary across mediums. Admired for his larger-than-life sculptures and hardedge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon characters are the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. As seen in his collaborations with global brands, the artist’s imagery possesses a sophisticated humor and reveals a thoughtful interplay with consumer products. With their broad appeal, KAWS’s artworks are highly sought-after by collectors inside and outside of the art world, establishing him as a uniquely prominent artist and influence in today’s culture.  

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Property of an Important European Collector



each part signed, consecutively numbered and dated 'KAWS..11 1/2 2/2' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas, in 2 parts
overall 152.4 x 122.4 cm (60 x 48 1/4 in.)
Painted in 2011.

£300,000 - 400,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

London Auction 13 February 2020